PhD Candidate

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Biography

I’m a PhD candidate in the Hyadata Data Science Lab in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Dafna Shahaf (HUJI) and Reut Tsarfaty (Bar Ilan University/Allen Institute for AI). Interested in how human intelligence can inform artificial intelligence, and vice versa. In particular, I’m interested in embodied/grounded cognition research and how it may help in building deeper language understanding and higher level cognition into AI systems.

During my PhD, I’ve also been fortunate to have 3 wonderful summer internships: 2 at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle (mentored by Gabi Stanovsky and Kyle Richardson), and one with the RIKEN institute in Japan (under Prof. Yuji Matsumoto).

Outside of the lab, I’m into various other embodied pursuits like trekking, cycling, yoga and world music. I’m passionate about socio-technical activism (e.g., RadicalXChange) for building more useful and equitable technology towards broader social change. I also do research at DAOStack on next-generation collaboration platforms for creating and harnessing collective intelligence.

For some random musings on the meaning of life, the universe and everything, check out my blog (Hebrew).

๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ News

  • September 2021: starting visiting research program with Prof. Judith Fan’s Cognitive Tools computational cognitive science/psychology lab at UCSD!
  • June 2021: started a summer internship at AI2 with Kyle Richardson on the Aristo team.

Interests

  • Computational Linguistics
  • Grounded & Embodied Cognition
  • Meta-{science, governance, society}
  • Tools for thought and collaboration

Education

  • PhD in CS (Natural Langauge Understanding), 2018-

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • MSc in CS (Deep Learning Theory), 2017

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • BSc in Computer Engineering, 2015

    Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Teaching

 
 
 
 
 

TA: Self-paced Data Science Course

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 2019 โ€“ Present
Mentoring non-CS students with data science coursework and projects.
 
 
 
 
 

TA: Undergraduate Engineering Final Projects

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 2017 โ€“ Oct 2019
TA for undergraduate computer engineering final projects workshop. Course management, assisting students with finding and framing research problems, project planning, presentation and evaluation.

Community

Founding Member

Founding member of NeuroAI Israel, an online community exploring the intersections of natural and artificial intelligence research.

Reviewer

ACL (21' - outstanding reviewer), NAACL (21')

Organizing Committee

Team member of Brainstorm JLM organizing committee, the Jerusalem chapter of BrainstormIL, a community of students in neuro-science/tech related fields.

Organizing Committee

Team member of JerusML organizing committee, the Jerusalem data science / machine learning community.